by Elsa Sidawy | 09.30.10
From mid-November, the city will make available to all the lending of sophisticated material to detect energy leaks in homes, measure consumption and electricity costs of devices as well as the amount of CO2 emitted.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.29.10
Faced with the unattractive demise of chewing gum on the street, the young English designer Anna Bullus decided instead to recover it for recycling and transform it . . . into chewing gum trashcans, which will also be recyclable. This invention, a priori anecdotal, will nonetheless save millions of pounds in cleaning fees in England.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.26.10
Each year, the Australian agency 2thinknow, which focuses on urban innovation, reveals a ranking of the most innovative cities in the world, as the result of the laborious analysis of more than 162 different indicators. This ranking is achieved according to certain obvious factors, such as health or local economy, but gives pride of place to more unexpected factors, such as culture. Christopher Hire, executive director of 2thinknow, tells the story of this innovative classification.
by Lucile Degli-Esposti | 09.25.10
In an “eco-cheap-chic” context, bikes are becoming the new trendy means of transport in cities. Today, various activities and leisures are associated with cycling, offering urban cyclists greater comfort. The time has come for the bike-café, where you can enjoy hot and cold drinks, as you please, while having your brakes, tyres or mudguards fixed. This concept is all rage in London where more than 800,000 people cycle every week.
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.24.10
The Norwegian hydropower Akershus Energi is currently implementing a district heating plant in the Norwegian town of Lillestrøm which will be fed by local organic waste.
Since 1994, the association Unis-Cité has recruited 4,200 young people for voluntary civic service. It’s a new way to serve one’s country and help those who need it most. And the needs are enormous: visiting isolated seniors, organizing outings for disabled people, participating in emergency solidarity actions and since last year, promoting eco-awareness among low-income families.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.23.10
On one side, there are scrapped containers; on the other side, the housing crisis. A new type of housing, modular and more ecological, has emerged. It originated in the Netherlands and has then been introduced in Canada, in the United States, in Germany and in the French city of Le Havre since the beginning of September. The container is slowly establishing itself as a transient but ideal solution in terms of additional housing that need to be quickly built.
The cluster “Pôle Vehicule du Futur”, and its partners, organize the 7th international encounters Mobilis 2010, on November 16 and 17, on the theme “Urban mobility: Evolution or revolution ?”
Round-tables talks, project workshops, conferences, technological appointments and an exhibition area will offer you the opportunity to make contacts with personalities from the world of automobile, [...]
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.22.10
The second survey of the Veolia Observatory of Urban Lifestyles compares the experiences and concerns of citizens of seven major cities (Bombay, Chicago, Cairo, London, Paris, Beijing, Sao Paulo) from a sample of 7 000 people.
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The Greater Geneva project represents an economic and social challenge for that area spanning France and Switzerland. The aim is to set in motion again a process that will stimulate job creation in the French part and strengthen residential services in the Swiss part. Innovative activities should find their place in that territory.
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Is the proliferation of urban innovations counter-productive? While some cities are experimenting with abandon and with no real apparent logic, others have adopted a long-term strategy to combine innovations to serve a smarter, more sustainable city. Jean Haëntjens returns to this forum to talk about how important it is for cities to approach innovation with consistency and control.
And what happens when a public transport network becomes the scene of gigantic team games? Inspired by the principle of Fun Theory, which suggests that environmentally responsible behavior can be encouraged through attractive infrastructure, Chromaroma invites London Underground users to participate in an eco-citizen turf war.
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The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and Rotterdam-based architecture firm ZUS have launched the project I Make Rotterdam, a spectacular temporary pedestrian bridge between the city’s Central and the North districts that will be financed through crowd-funding.
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Venezuela’s capital Caracas plans to manage its traffic flow in an unusual fashion. In addition to traffic police, 120 mimes dressed up as clowns were sent into the city’s streets. Their role? Curb the risky behavior of pedestrians and drivers, not by force or repression, but through silence.
May 9 to 11Energy Cities annual meeting, Guimarães, Portugal.
May 12International Workshop on Open Data, Nantes, France.
May 12Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, Stockholm, Suède.
Toulouse has tackled issues ranging from urban lighting to public cleanliness with experimental innovation often on a shoestring budget, but the results continue to inspire many other cities in France and worldwide. A portrait of a city embracing urban innovation, helped along by the enthusiastic investigator Alexander Marciel, follows.
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